Doctor of Philosophy in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication


The Ph.D. program in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UTD is designed for those who wish to engage in deep scholarship or to develop artistic, cultural, or commercial applications of digital technology and emerging media. With a diverse group of faculty and a curriculum that integrates scholarly study with creative practice, ATEC cultivates creative scholars, scholarly practitioners, and interdisciplinary researchers.

ATEC Ph.D. students have backgrounds in a variety of relevant fields and are grouped into transdisciplinary cohorts for their first year of coursework, where they investigate foundational theories, questions, and methods that underlie the study of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. Additional coursework is used to practice methods and explore individual interests, including up to fifteen hours in courses from other Schools at UT Dallas.

ATEC Ph.D. students are expected to participate in the rich intellectual life of the School, including the Dean’s Colloquium speaker series and a vibrant lab and studio culture.

Program Information

School: School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Program: Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Previous academic degree (BA or BS, MA or MFA) in an appropriate field (i.e., Art, Computer Science).

GPA: 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate and graduate work)

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate's probability of success in graduate school.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Students applying to the doctoral program in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication should submit a statement of purpose outlining their previous academic and creative expertise and describing future research interests, including how their interests connect to the curriculum, faculty, labs, or initiatives in ATEC.

Deadlines: For priority consideration for admission and funding, completed applications to the doctoral program must be received on or before December 1. Students are accepted for the fall semester only. University deadlines apply.

Other application requirements:

Applicants to the PhD program in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication must also present a portfolio, including a 10- to 20-page academic writing sample and any other evidence of scholarly or creative endeavor achieved by the applicant. The portfolio should also contain a curriculum vita.


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Possible Careers

While academia represents an important professional avenue for ATEC PhD graduates, industry presents numerous career opportunities in such fields as design, research and development for new media, education, communication and information technologies.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.